OHAYOU GOZAIMASU! I miss saying that. I do. I really do.
So I thought I’d do a weekday snippet of life back in Vermont, especially since I love those “get-ready-with-me” YouTube vloggers and Sous Style’s “wake-up” series.
8:00 a.m. - I’m up! Kind of. The other day, I actually got up for a morning yoga class, but last night I had a speaker series. The speaker yesterday was fascinating. He did research on gypsies and knew like 15 languages. I left thinking, yes, people like him really do exist. But then there’s people like me. Last night I stayed up late reading a YA book, on my crushed iPad (dropped it face down on a tile floor over the weekend…thank GOD for Apple Care +), called Shadowfell. I discovered this book only because I read in the comments section on Forever Young Adult that this series has an excellent MLD character. MLD = Mysterious Loner Dude. His name is Flint too. MOVING ON! Since I have another night event tonight, I decide to just stay in bed drinking a smoothie and reading The Huffington Post.
8:45 a.m. - Decide to just go up to work for an hour in my pottery clothes. (I’m taking a pottery class in my building on Wednesday mornings). Throw on some sunscreen, powder, and lip gloss. I don’t know the name of this lip gloss, but I love the color. I think it was from a set or something?
9:00 a.m. - At work, foraging for decorations for the French food + music festival some students are putting on tonight in what we call our ROOM OF POSSIBILITIES. It’s so random in there. Go back to my office and read through some e-mails.
10:00 a.m. - POTTERY!
Our teacher is demoing slab built mugs.
I see these awesome mugs in the studio and try to replicate them, but it doesn’t work out. Still, I get so involved making my mug that I forget to take a picture of it until it’s all covered. So mysterious. Haha! The clay was kind of dry, so I’m worried the handle will crack. We shall see in a few days…
12:00 p.m. - I go back home to eat lunch. (I live in the same building that I work, so it’s ridiculously amazing and convenient.)
LUNCH: I prefer hot food to cold food, and since I can go home for lunch, I’ve been into roasting something this week. The other night I baked some chicken, parboiled potatoes, and chopped Brussels sprouts. Today I just tossed the veggies with olive oil/salt/pepper. Topped the chicken with some BBQ sauce and cheddar cheese. Bake everything.
I also like to take my vitamins at lunch. I just got back on the cooking/vitamin bandwagon. The previous month I’d really just been buying all of my food on campus or eating PBJ sandwiches. My nails ended up getting really bad, splitting and becoming weak. I went to one of our hippie health food stores to talk to them about my nails (and low energy). She asked about my iron. Does pepperoni count? I ask. She laughs, and tells me to try to get iron rich foods (red meat, spinach, broccoli, etc) and suggest a pre-natal vitamin. Ironically. And a few years ago, they told me that the entire staff was addicted to the mushroom immunity supplements. So I buy them. And when I went to the nutritionist for marathon training, she told me to take these kind of fish oil supplements.
SHOWER STUFF: I’ve been just using Suave Tropical Coconut conditioner for “shampoo” this week and Garnier Fructis Pure Clean gel this week, per advice from a reader. My hair is “adjusting.” I think?
I’m also experimenting just using avocado oil as a moisturizer for face and body. Avocado oil is supposed to penetrate the skin very deeply, without leaving it greasy. I also read that it’s high in, like, every single vitamin and has heavy anti-aging properties, so even though I smell like guacamole a little, I think it’s worth it?
CLOTHES: Throw on my favorite dress of all time, bought ages ago from the Gap, green jacket, and Madewell flats. Friends and family told me that my recent all-white phase isn’t my thing: “Sarah! You live in Vermont, not California!”, “But you are messy!”, “That is SO not you.” They are so right. And I found a recent style crush to copy-cat in Verena von Pfetten. (Her Instagram is also great.)
1:00 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Office stuff. I am particularly enjoying that I have a window again with plants that are still alive on the windowsill.
5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Eat a snack (Rice Krispie treat + pepperoni….pretty much the weirdest combo ever) and change for my strength & conditioning class.
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Strength & Conditioning class. It’s so efffffing hard today! On Monday, I wasn’t feeling great so I missed class. I think it made Wednesday’s workout seem particularly difficult!
After dynamic stretching, we do three short workouts: strength portion, ladder portion, and then super short intervals.
Dumbbell Press – 5 reps
Goblet (holding a heavy weight at our chest) Step-up – 5 reps
*Repeat for 12 minutes
(1, 2, 3, 4, 5,….) for 10 minutes of the following: Kettlebell swing, burpee, inverse row.
Super Short Interval
Plate suicide. We had to push a weight up and down the gym. SO HARD!
7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Shower again (skip washing hair), eat apple and peanut butter, check my Fitbit (surprised that workout still only got me to 6,898 steps for the day), and go to French festival that some of my students organized.
The event started at 7 p.m. and by the time I got there almost all of the food was gone. Bummer! All of the cakes and quiches were demolished, but I had some sauteed vegetables. Took some pictures. Chatted. Helped clean-up.
8:30 p.m. – Back home! Make a quick dinner. Pre-made stuffed chicken breast with toast and a spinach salad. Watch The Mindy Project.
9:30 p.m. – Move on to Made-For-TV ABC movies on Netflix over chocolate and tea.
It’s almost 11 p.m. now, so oyasuminasai. Good night.